By giving the previously unknown Jonas Gray 17 carries for 86 yards Week 8 against Chicago, the
But Week 9 against Denver might be a better matchup for preferred receiver
Plus, the Patriots will most likely have to throw more than usual just to keep up with the league's highest-scoring team. These days, a team's only real choice against Peyton Manning is to beat him at his own game.
So most likely, Gray will spend much of Week 9 on the sidelines while Vereen spends much of it in the backfield. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Vereen among their top 20 running backs for this week.
Gray was added to the live rosters hours before Week 7 against the Jets and emerged as the team's second option behind
"I think Jonas has been solid for us all the way through preseason," Belichick said. "He's done a good job in practice and got an opportunity last night -- not a lot of opportunities -- but he had some blitz pickup opportunities and a few carries. He works hard and he's a tough kid, a bigger back obviously -- more in the Ridley size range."
Belichick would not indicate whether Gray would be used as the team's second option in the ground game moving forward.
Ridley will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL and MCL. The team has already promoted running back Jonas Gray from the practice squad in order to replace Ridley. Ridley is set to become a free agent following the season.
Ridley is in the final year of his contract.
As expected, the
Mayo was carted off with a knee injury, while Ridley departed with an ACL injury in Week 6 at Buffalo. According early reports, both injuries are considered significant, which could leave them out for an extended period of time.
The Patriots will host the Bears in Week 8.
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